Commission creates two new deputy director-general posts
The European Commission has created two new posts at the rank of deputy director-general as part of a shake-up of Commission departments.
The Commission departments for enterprise and industry, and economic and financial affairs are each to be allocated a second deputy director-general.
The directorate-general for economic and financial affairs has also been given the go-ahead for the addition of 37 more staff to deal with the financial crisis and the eurozone’s sovereign debt difficulties. Although the Commission is currently operating with a cap on staff numbers, the department is to be allowed 20 more permanent posts, 13 additional experts seconded from the national administrations and four contract agents.
The department’s new deputy director-general will be in charge of international economic relations, macrofinancial stability and co-ordination with international financial institutions.
Surveillance of member states is to be strengthened by creating a third directorate monitoring member states’ economies. Whereas there are currently six units each dealing with four or five member states, after the reorganisation there will be nine units each dealing with three member states. The aim is to improve the quality of information about each country – which has been identified as a weakness during the eurozone’s sovereign debt crisis. The changes will take effect on 16 September.
The new deputy director-general for enterprise and industry will take responsibility for two directorates, G (chemicals, metals, forest and the textiles industry and raw materials) and H (aerospace, global monitoring, security and defence) as well as the Galileo satellite project. The other deputy director-general will be responsible for the remaining sectoral directorates and be a special envoy for small and medium-sized businesses. That post is currently vacant because Françoise Le Bail, deputy director-general since November 2005, moved to be director-general for justice, at the beginning of July.
The enterprise department’s existing directorate for ‘new approach’ industries, tourism and corporate social responsibility is to be abolished.
The changes in the enterprise department take effect from 1 September.
On the same day, the post of deputy director-general for the environment is being reinstated.
The Commission created the post in 2007, but it disappeared when the first occupant, Jos Delbeke, moved in February to become director-general of the department for climate action.
The new deputy director-general will be allocated responsibility for internal co-ordination, international co-operation and the integration of environmental policies in other areas.